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American English Pronunciation Lesson 21

Today in the classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound p as in the words pet, putt, pit, peach. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 21

Pronounce the sound p as in the words pet, putt, pit, peach. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
 
Pronunciation Video
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Spelling
p pet, pass, pat, putt, pit, punch, pouring, pony, peach, pill, pest, peak, pack
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
 
Sound Type

This is an UNVOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO NOT vibrate when making the sound.
You CANNOT LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover your ears with your hands.

Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot listen to your vocal cords vibrating.
VERY GOOD
You CANNOT FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if you place your hands on your neck.

Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot feel your vocal cords vibrating.
VERY GOOD
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English. It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
 
Mouth, lips, and tongue position

The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips, and tongue position when you make this sound.
Mouth

Your mouth releases air which is then quickly stopped.
Lips

Your lips are together at the beginning.
Tongue

The front part of your tongue should be in the center part of your mouth.
Practice video

Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
 
 
Pronunciation practice words

Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and tongue are in their proper positions.
pet pass pat putt
pit punch pouring pack
peach pill pest peak
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound (watch the video above)
 
Pronunciation word test

Try saying the following tongue twisters as quickly as possible.
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
  • I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's mate, and I'm only plucking pheasants 'cause the pheasant plucker's late. I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's son, and I'm only plucking pheasants Till the pheasant pluckers come.
  • Peggy Babcock.
  • Plague-bearing prairie dogs.
  • A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place where a plaice is pleased to be placed.
  • Please pay promptly.
  • Pick a partner and practice passing, for if you pass proficiently, perhaps you'll play professionally.
From YOUR Teacher: Finally Pronouncing Consonants

Hey congratulations. You spent the last 6 months learning how to pronounce American English vowel sounds in Fun Easy English. Today you will begin learning how to pronounce American English consonant sounds. Pronouncing P in English is really easy. Remember to produce air from your mouth when you make this sound.
 
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The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Conversation Lesson - Advanced Level. Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a written conversation and a conversation notes section.
Conversation Lesson 19 - Transportation
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Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
Transportation

JOYCE: Should we take a taxi or a bus to the mall?

BILL: Let’s take a bus. It’s impossible to get a taxi during rush hour.

JOYCE: Isn’t that a bus stop over there?

BILL: Yes ... Oh! There’s a bus now. We’ll have to run to catch it.

JOYCE: Oh, no! We just missed it.

BILL: No problem. There’ll be another one in 10 minutes.
Conversation Notes
  • Should we … or …? Is a way of asking “Which is better?” “Should” is used to ask for an opinion. Note that we do not say “Will” here.
  • Take a taxi or a bus? The word “or” signals a choice here. Notice the rising intonation on taxi (the first choice) and falling intonation on bus (the second choice).
  • Let’s (Let us) means “I think we should do this.”
  • Rush hour is the time of day when most people are going to or from work. In most American cities, rush hour is from about 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and from about 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Notice that “rush hour” is a compound noun, with the main stress on the first word.
  • Isn’t that This is a negative question. The speaker expects an affirmative answer. It is used to check information.
  • Bus stop is a compound noun, with the main stress on the first word.
  • Oh! is an exclamation used to express alarm or surprise.
  • Oh, no! is an expression used to express disappointment.
  • We just missed it here means “We arrived a moment too late to get the bus.” Notice the emphasis on “just” to show the very recent past.
  • No problem here means “It doesn’t matter.”
Source: U.S. State Department
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This is a collection of 30 situational conversations which focus on a wide variety of communicative and natural encounters in English....these lessons are for beginning students.
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This is a collection of 36 situational conversations which focus on spoken American English in a relatively natural way....these lessons are for intermediate students.
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Conversation

English conversation lessons. 30 lessons focusing mostly on communication and grammar topics....these lessons are for intermediate students.
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